Mercyhurst associate coach Ferraris takes job at high school alma mater

Mercyhurst associate coach Robert Ferraris has stepped down, effective at the end of August, to become head hockey coach at his high school alma mater, Trinity-Pawling, in upstate New York.

Trinity-Pawling is an all-boys boarding school located in Pawling, N.Y., near the Connecticut border.

“The last 10 years have been, quite possibly, the best to work and raise a young family”, said Ferraris in a statement. “We consider Erie home and will miss all of our friends dearly. I can’t thank my best friend (men’s head coach) Rick Gotkin enough for the opportunity and I can’t thank all of the Mercyhurst community for a wonderful 10 years.”

Ferraris worked both as coach and recruiting coordinator for the Lakers. Over the years, his role expanded to include many administrative duties, alumni relations, fundraising and NCAA compliance. Ferraris worked extensively in all areas of team systems analysis, development, practice, and execution.

Gotkin offered nothing but praise and best wishes.

“I’m really excited for him and his family to be able to return to his alma mater,” Gotkin said in a news release. “He is leaving fingerprints all over the men’s varsity program. It was a privilege and a joy to coach side-by-side with him and I wish his family and him continued success. Bobby will always be a Laker.”

Prior to coming to Erie in 2005, Ferraris spent two years as an assistant at American International. He graduated from St. Anselm in 1997.

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